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I'm Jim Hayes. I'm a techie entrepreneur who, with my wife and business partner, Karen, started one of the world's first fiber optic test equipment companies, Fotec, in 1980. Fotec was very successful with me on the technology side and Karen running operations. Fotec was acquired by Fluke Networks twenty years later.

I had also been involved in training cabling and fiber optic technicians since 1982 through a Fotec organization we called Fiber U. The Fotec and Fiber U websites and all the training materials we created were probably the most popular in communications cabling. In 1995, the instructors at Fiber U decided the industry needed a professional society so we got people in the industry together and founded
The Fiber Optic Association.


Today I'm the President of The Fiber Optic Association and Karen and I run The FOA and VDV Works, a consulting company. We've revived the FOTEC Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics and Uncle Ted's Guide To VDV Cabling on the web for everyone who missed these highly-praised introductions to fiber optics and structured cabling. Fiber U has been adopted by FOA for their free online web-based training. I edit and/or write the FOA textbooks on fiber optics and cabling (as well as a couple of my own), write articles and columns on cabling for many publications and serve as a contributing editor to Electrical Contractor and IMSA Journal magazines. I'm also a frequent speaker at seminars and conventions to promote fiber optics and the FOA.

This website includes my personal pageshandjob-hd.net.

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Practically all my life I've been involved with sports cars, art and photography. Before I became a professional "techie" I "wrenched" for various racing teams and photographed many races. I raced and collected Alfa Romeo sports cars for many years. I've retired from racing myself but maintain my interest in cars. I studied to become an astronomer and still follow astronomy! Karen and I are art and architecture buffs and frequently visit interesting places, galleries and museums. For example, we have visited many of the famous - and many other not so well-known Frank Lloyd Wright projects around the US.
My main interest from the early 1960s to today is photography - mainly documenting our interests and travel. I have thousands of photos of racing, much from 60s era sports car races that I've been cataloging, putting online and then giving them and much of my collection of auto racing memorabilia to the Watkins Glen racing library for preservation. I was also curator of many images of 50's racing taken by Howard Wolery, the high school teacher who got me interested in both sports cars and photography which have now been donated to the Watkins Glen library.

Karen and I enjoy travel, especially nature trips around the world and local in in our  home in California. We've been to Egypt, the Galapogas, Canada (Grizzlies) Kenya, UAE and Lebanon, and whale watching in Baja. And more!
Karen and I moved from Boston to a hobby farm in California in early 2003 from the suburbs of Boston. The farm was on a rural mountainside between LA and San Diego. Here's some photos of the place we bought which we called Food Chain Farm, local animals and plants. In 2017, we sold the farm and moved to our condo in downtown Santa Monica where we live full time.  

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